Feature story written by Shayla Viterllo-Hopper, Flat Rock Our Hometown
For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd in the former Premion building, newly rehabbed and home to several new and exciting Flat Rock businesses.
This Flat Rock Bakeshop & Café Plans To Nourish And Sustain the Downriver Community.
For the Love Bakeshop & Café, is a vibrant new bakery café is now at the corner of Telegraph Rd and East Huron River Dr, is the latest on a growing list of eateries and small businesses revitalizing the downtown Flat Rock community. The shop is driven by a sense of purpose around fresh, local, real food. For the Love offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events.
For the Love will host a fun-filled Grand Opening weekend July 17th – 19th with giveaways, fun events, a local market and more. Space is limited due to current COVID-19 regulations and guests will be served first come, first served.
The creators of For the Love hope to do more than just serve great food. From its beginnings, the shop has been designed to nourish the community in both body and spirit every hour that they are open. From staff whose mandate is to treat all neighbors with familiarity and love, to the authentic and natural food that is served, just as they would serve to their own families. Additionally, The For the Love of Neighbor program was an integral part of developing the eatery and offers a generous opportunity for guests to pay it forward when they can. Neighbors can support their fellow community members in need, by purchasing a Breakfast Break or Lunch with Love Benefit that a guest can use to pay for their meal whether they simply forgot their wallet or truly don’t know where their next meal will come from. The business will even share in the cost by offering a discount for any neighbors who choose to share the love.
“It’s definitely something that’s close to home,” says Nichole Kahl, For the Love’s General Manager, “It’s a great feeling paying your bills on time, but sometimes your food runs out before your next check and that’s ok, it happens. Our FTLON benefit is there to help those who are in need, in any way!”
For the Love uses Ingredients that are local whenever possible and always the highest quality. The fare is multicultural, based on the creators’ life experiences around the world. The menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery items, handcrafted fresh daily. Gourmet sandwiches, refreshing salads and bowls, indulgent bakery goods including cakes, brownies, pastry, cookies and more are just some of what you will find on the counter and in the pastry case. An elevated coffee program includes coffee from several metro Detroit roasters, including the nearby, Monroe-based Frenchtown Roasters. For events and meetings, For the Love offers a full catering menu, which can be served in-house, picked up or delivered to your office or home.
Menu favorites include the, always popular, Vanilla Bean Cake, Salted Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and Double Cocoa Brownies that your mouth just will not believe. For breakfast, there is an unforgettable variety of bread and muffins in flavors like Morning Glory Banana and Lemon Thyme, as well as savory favorites like Bacon and Egg Brioche Buns and Kale Cheddar Sausage & Egg Muffins. The lunch menu boasts a variety of individual pizzas, scratch-made soups and sandwiches, baked treats like beef bourguignon pot pie, hot bowls such as spicy chickpea with grits and more.
About For the Love Bakeshop & Café
For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd. The shop will open for carryout and delivery plus limited seating and events in July from 8 am – 6 pm. Keep up on progress and announcements at www.forthelovecafe.com and on social media on Facebook and Instagram as @forthelovecafe.
Contact For the Love at 734.210.0290 or
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story written by Michele Bezue
Juanita and Walt have owned and operated Old Town Bar in Flat Rock for thirty-two years!
Back in 1987, the previous owner offered the bar to Juanita and Walt with a deal they couldn’t pass up.
In 1988, they officially took over the bar. Now, after thirty-two years, they are still going strong.
Juanita and Walt have felt the local ebb and flow of their customer base, with things a little slower now that many of the small factories around have closed. As a result, they don’t open at 7:00 am anymore.
Regardless, Juanita and Walt look back on their long history with fondness. Their employees have been with them for many years, with Juanita and Walt feeling blessed that most worked ten years or more at Old Town.
They are especially proud of their two boys, being a major part of bar operation through their help in cleaning, bar-tending, and parking lot maintenance. The owners attribute much of their son’s strong work ethic and determination to how they were raised and worked.
The two of them feel very lucky for all the years of support and all the things they have been able to offer their sons and each other. Juanita reflected that the people of Flat Rock are “hardworking, good people, just everyday good people.” She has tried to show that support back by doing countless fundraisers for people who have fallen ill and are in need of help from their community.
But it’s not all family and business at Old Town Bar, Juanita has a Halloween party every year this being her thirty-first annual Halloween Party. Juanita and Walt joked that Juanita’s alter ego comes out that night, called Lola by the pair.
Every Friday and Saturday, they have Karaoke, where Juanita is a big crowd pleaser in singing anything from Motown to country. At Old Town, she gets the singing started and the crowd takes over.
Visiting Old Town Bar, it is plain to see this is one of Flat Rock’s hidden gems. Juanita and Walt are genuine hardworking people. As many know, their bar burgers are the best around; fresh and cooked to order. People come from all around to get an Old Town Burger. The beer is cold and the company is great, so if you haven’t been, stop in.
Old Town is truly a great little place and you won’t be disappointed.
Monday-Saturday 10 am-2 am
Sunday 12 pm to 2 am
27298 Telegraph Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134
B.Y.O.B, or Build Your Own Burrito is firstly a family business that opened three years ago here in Flat Rock. It is largely unknown that fifteen years ago the restaurant was called Julio’s. The restaurant came upon difficult times for the owners, Maria and Sal, following a car accident that left their daughter, Krystal, paralyzed as a result. In response, the family only grew stronger in their efforts to provide Krystal the care and support she needed.
Their dedication is visible now in their efforts to create B.Y.O.B. twelve years after the event, testament to the perseverance of the family. Emanuel and Josue worked to open the restaurant again as B.Y.O.B. A year ago, Maria and Sal took over management of the restaurant. Maria comments, “I love Flat Rock. it’s the cutest little hometown. The community is so supportive.” When they were closed, Maria commented to the good nature of her Flat Rock neighbors to regularly check up on the property and the welfare of the family.
B.Y.O.B, offers many options, including, quesadillas, tacos, nachos.
Staying loyal to taco Tuesdays, they offer $1.25 corn tacos and $1.50 flour tacos.
B.Y.O.B. will be unveiling a new and improved menu next week. Support this amazing local business by checking out their new menu items and visiting them at the Taste of Flat Rock event on July 20th!
For those wanting to stay in, sample their new menu at home with Door Dash and Postmates.
B.Y.O.B- Build your own Burrito is located at
26068 Huron River Dr, Flat Rock, MI 48134
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30am-8pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: (734) 789-7104
SHOP LOCAL – SHOP FLAT ROCK
Steve the owner of Wimpy Burger has a lot of nostalgia with the iconic Flat Rock hamburger restaurant. The former M&M’s was a common stop for Steve and his parents. He dad worked at the Ford plant, their drive from Detroit to Flat Rock usually consisted of a stop at M&M’s for some sliders. Steve said when he heard the building was up for sale he jumped at the opportunity to open it back up to it former M&M glory. We think Steve hit it out the park.
Wimpy opened in March of 2015 with great success. The famous slider burger is Wimpy Burgers’ biggest seller. The locals love the slider. Steve said he has nothing but support from the community. Steve has always been an entrepreneur, he’s experienced in customer service. He has a good crew to help him. Steve’s daughter, Tiffany, has worked side by side with her dad from the beginning. Steve’s girlfriend, Kim, is always a familiar face, she’s behind the counter serving the customers. Steve has shown his dedication to Flat Rock and Flat Rock has noticed. Wimpy Burger is serving up some great food.
For that old-fashioned feel of a silver box diner-complete with burgers, hot dogs, fries & handmade milkshakes – visit Wimpy Burgers in Flat Rock!
Wimpy Burger located at 26128 Gibraltar Rd, Flat Rock, Michigan
Open 7 days a week 10am-10pm.